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Wednesday, 4 July 1906
Page: 980

Mr DEAKIN - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : - 1 and 3. So far as the present Tariff is concerned, the Tariff Commission is just completing a thorough examination of the whole of its provisions, so that the question must be taken as relating to the future. When the Tariff Commission has presented all its recommendations and Parliament has thoroughly revised the Tariff, the appointment of such a body, making periodical reports upon existing anomalies or other matters prejudicial to Australian trade or industry, will be well worth consideration.

2.   It would then have arrived, though the provisions of the Constitution as to the appointment of and tenure of the Inter-State Commission have to be remembered, seeing that its functions -would require to extend to other than fiscal matters.

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